hammertoes wrote:Hey all-
I have just a little bit of experience with IDP. I was a "caretaker" of a dynasty team last year but I didn't draft it.
This year I'm in a dynasty start up where scoring is heavily skewed towards turnovers and sacks. We start 1DT, 2DE, 3LB, 2S, 2CB, and 1Flex, along with 9 offensive players (scoring is a pretty standard PPR for offense, 4pt passing TDs). It's a deep 53 man roster.
-Sacks, Interceptions, Safties, and Fumble recoveries are 6pts!
-Forced fumbles, Assisted sacks, and blocked kicks are 3pts.
-Tackles are 2pts (or 1.5 for DEs and LBs)
-Plus there are points for return yardage and TDs
What I'm wondering is, in a league like this with such high scoring IDP, when should I look to start drafting IDP players? Am I taking my first DE or LB before I'm taking a QB or my second RB? Any advice for the types of players I should be looking at or how I should approach making my rankings? Thanks in advance!
In a 2 point tackle league LBs are indeed the most consistent scorers - but there are a lot of them. If you have an elite LB, you can get by with a few #2's with upside (guys like Timmons are perfect for your format - lots of tackles, some sacks, the occasional FF/DFR
My advice is to follow the crowd - you never know when someone's going to pop the cherry on an IDP position, so let someone else do it. I'd also suggest being one of the top 5 teams to get a premier DL. They're like the RBs of IDP - only a handful will put up consistent points. After the top 8 or so the points drop off a cliff. If you can get JJ Watt in the mid-5th, do it. He's 100+ points over the next DL in your format - he's ridiculous. Then I wouldn't touch a D position until the 7th-8th. Runs happen in IDP like any league, so I'd suggest waiting until someone else starts one and capitalizing by getting a couple top guys. I love having my 2 bookend DL/DT wrapped up by the 10th, (this year Wake in the 8th, Geno Atkins in the 10th and I didn't let Greg Hardy get past me in the 13th which was a little greedy, but good for a BYE or trade).
For the LBs the best strategy I've found is to get 3-4 of the 2nd tier guys, or 1 first tier and a few 2nd/3rd tier. The points differential between the #7 LB and the #20 LB is about 20 points (over a season, just over 1 ppg)
DBs are the kickers of the IDP world...sorta. There's a lot of them and they all score about the same. You want Safeties in your format because 100 tackles = 200 points. (well, tkl and 1/2 tkl about 150 points)
Best advice I've got. And don't get hung up chasing sacks. You're in a tackle heavy league so let the other guys use the standard DL rankings. You need to look at the ranked lists of DL players (because your league mates will draft that way most likely) and see which of the lower ranked guys are undervalued because of your scoring system. In your case, tackles are king.